10 Terrific Transition Ideas!

2018-07-01     Heather Mactivity    

Ideas for transition activities

Transition time! Good news is, that means it's almost the end of term, bad news is, you have to say goodbye to your old class. This also means that it's time to get to get to know your new class and find out what makes them tick so you're all ready for September. Read on for our favourite transition ideas - tested and used by real teachers!

  1. We've made some really useful and original Transition Activity Sheets (also available in black and white) which are great for ages 5  - 8 and come in lots of different designs. Ask children to draw a picture of themselves and write a few words about last year and the year ahead. For less able children, ask them to work in pairs with a more able child who can do some scribing on their behalf.

  2. For older children, ask them to write a letter to you as their teacher, introducing themselves in a more formal style. Write key words on the board for them to use and you can also use this is a chance to use exciting openers, adjectives and the like! You can use our free Writing Frames for this as well to make it all a bit more colourful.
  3. Play a game - ask the children to write three facts about themselves, making one up. Go round the class and ask them to read out each fact and guess which one is false. Great ice breaker!
  4. Make birthday cards! Ask children to make either a random birthday card for anyone, or something specific for another member of the class. Then when a birthday comes up, then can choose a card from the box. Really nice positive activity!
  5. Create a shield or crest. Ask children to design their own personal shield (look at Harry Potter for examples!) that really encapsulates them. Great for display for the new term as well!
  6. Jigsaw display. Ask children to do a self portrait (you can use our blank face templates here) then cut them into jigsaw shapes so they all fit together on your classroom wall. Wonderful display idea too!
  7. Write your class rules - together! Give out large sheets and thick felt tips and ask children to work in table groups to come up with 5 class rules. Keep them positive (DO rather than DON'T) and then come together to agree on 5 that everyone is happy with. Great positive start to the new term!
  8. Come up with a class contract that everyone signs. Ask children to work on whiteboards to come up with some ideas for how they expect their class to behave - things like tidy up after themselves, handing in homework on time, doing what is asked of them and how they want adults to behave too. Sign and laminate!
  9. Ask children to apply for class jobs! Show children a list of classroom monitor jobs and ask children to apply for the jobs saying why they think they'd be good at it. Do little mock interviews and appoint based on suitability for the role.
  10. If it's your own class you are handing over, don't forget our cute end of term presents - all part of the transition process. We've got Pupil Bookmark Gifts and lots of really nice Certificates too!

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